"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."


Thursday, July 31, 2014

City - County Government Report, July 28, 2014

Trade Days


This Weekend, August 2 - 3, 2014 is First Monday Trade Days Weekend and the Annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

Jackson County Commission

Mr. Miller and County Attorney were absent.


            Scottsboro City Council



Monday, July 28, 2014

YOU CAN'T HAVE THE NEWS YOUR WAY - North Alabama Burger King Franchise Sold

(Education Fair Use - Photo: Melissa Hom,  Grub Street)

YOU CAN'T HAVE THE NEWS YOUR WAY - North Alabama Burger King Franchise Sold.

Burger King Franchise holder Wessel-Templeton Restaurants (WESFAM) sells out to Burger King Franchise holder Premier King Inc. of Montgomery, Alabama.

 Previous Wesfam management sources revealed that when the restaurant chain was sold in May 2014 there was a turnover of most management in the Wesfam-Templeton chain. Reports were received that some long term managers did not have it their way, the managers were put on the street with no job, no money, no retirement, no severance.

In June 2013 Jean Templeton reported to the Huntsville Times they owned 27 Burger King Restaurants in North Alabama. http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2013/06/burger_queen_jean_templeton_ce.html

About Premier King CEO Patrick Sidhu - "Patrick Sidhu was practically born to own a chain of fast-food restaurants, or what the industry calls – quick-service restaurants. Either way, Sidhu already owns 38 Burger King restaurants and he is just getting started. He has seven in Montgomery; one in Prattville; one in Selma; eight in Birmingham; and 21 in Atlanta. That number will rise dramatically as he is working on a 40-unit deal in the Southeast..." http://www.montgomerychamber.com/PREMIER-KINGS

It is estimated that Wesfam was worth near $200 million dollars. There are no known news articles which could be found on this important sale.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

City County Government Report, July 21, 2014 - Scottsboro City Council & Jackson County Commission Work Sessions


There were no items listed on the city council agenda.

                                JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION

Report from the Clarion on TVA in lieu of Tax expenditures by the Jackson County Legislative Delegation and discretionary Fund.: "The Critical Needs Fund shows a deposit of TVA tax money in the amount of a little over $4.1 million. Disbursements totaled $4.4 million, including yearly budget items such as general government, public safety, health and welfare, culture and recreation and education. Other receipts out of the account totaled $862,652.01. These receipts included payments to Attorneys Baker Donelson in the amount of $63,420.56, a payment in the amount of $25,600 to Carlton and Company Roofing, a payment of $400 to John Fuller for towing service, a payment to NAPA auto parts in the amount of $16,046.08, reimbursement to Representative John Robinson in the amount of $409.86, reimbursement to Senator Shadrack McGill in the amount of $2,313.21; a payment of $75,000 to Attorney Terry Butts; a payment to Bill Elliott in the amount of $10,000; and a payment to Kash Puritan in the amount of $2,800 as well as several other organizations. "  TVA in lieu of tax, report by the Clarion 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

County and City Governments Report - July 7, 2014 - Jackson County Commission & Scottsboro City Council - "First Monday" in Photographs

First Monday circa 1915, the earliest known photograph.
First Monday circa-1935-1939

First Monday  circa 1980-1990

First Monday circa 2000

First Monday Trade days history around the Square in Scottsboro, Alabama - Jackson County Courthouse Square - The Tradition Lives, despite some citizens and political leadership's negative attempts to destroy the event.

 in 2 Parts

                             Jackson County Commission Agenda
Big Issue - Purchase of trucks for County Solid Waste Management and  Public Works: Purchases for Solid Waste - approximately $500,000 for 2 "garbage trucks." Purchases for Public Works - approximately $493,000 for 4 trucks.


Agenda-discussion issues